Borderline Personality Disorder ( Borderline )

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Research Paper: Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness that directly affects one’s behavior, moods, and relationships/socialization skills. Borderline personality disorder often is associated with co-occurring disorders like depression, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, abuse of drugs and alcohol, as well as eating disorders. The behavior of a person diagnosed with borderline is also described to erratic and impulsive. The cause of borderline personality disorder is still not entirely clear at this point, although trials and studies suggest that it can be passed down through genetic traits. It is also suggested that one’s environment/upbringing may play a huge factor in the diagnoses as well. Because borderline personality disorder was not considered a “valid” diagnosable illness until 1980(by clinical standard), the illness’ history is one that is more so rooted in the history of other illnesses ("What Is Borderline Personality," 2012, Para 1). Prior to its inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, borderline was considered to be “overlapped with schizophrenia, non-schizophrenic psychoses, and neuroses such as anxiety and depressive disorders.” (Friedel, M.D., 2012, Para. 1). Because it was often associated with so many different illnesses, borderline was considered to be a throw away diagnoses because it only found purpose when patients did not fit the mold for other diagnostic requirements.…
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